Alfred James Knight

8 November 1906–2 November 1985 (Age 79)
Bulphan, Essex, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Alfred James

When Alfred James Knight was born on 8 November 1906, in Bulphan, Essex, England, United Kingdom, his father, Alfred Henry Knight, was 22 and his mother, Ada Elizabeth Childs, was 18. He lived in Great Warley, Essex, England in 1911. He died on 2 November 1985, at the age of 78.

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Family Time Line

Alfred Henry Knight
1884–
Ada Elizabeth Childs
1888–1965
Alfred James Knight
1906–1985
Edith Ellen Knight
1909–1933
Alice Beatrice Knight
1912–1974
Stanley Victor Knight
1917–1978
Nellie Knight
1919–1992
Nellie Knight
1919–1992

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World Events (8)

1908

Age 2

London, United Kingdom hosts Summer Olympic Games.
1914 · Britain Enters the Great War

Age 8

After Germany declared war Russia, Britain entered The Great War and declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914. The war ended on November 11, 1918, as Germany signed an armistice that brought fighting to a halt.
1928 · Women Grated Right to Vote

Age 22

Women in England over the age of 21 were granted the right to vote on May 7, 1928.

Name Meaning

1 English: status name from Middle English knyghte ‘knight’, Old English cniht ‘boy’, ‘youth’, ‘serving lad’. This word was used as a personal name before the Norman Conquest, and the surname may in part reflect a survival of this. It is also possible that in a few cases it represents a survival of the Old English sense into Middle English, as an occupational name for a domestic servant. In most cases, however, it clearly comes from the more exalted sense that the word achieved in the Middle Ages. In the feudal system introduced by the Normans the word was applied at first to a tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier. Hence it came to denote a man of some substance, since maintaining horses and armor was an expensive business. As feudal obligations became increasingly converted to monetary payments, the term lost its precise significance and came to denote an honorable estate conferred by the king on men of noble birth who had served him well. Knights in this last sense normally belonged to ancient noble families with distinguished family names of their own, so that the surname is more likely to have been applied to a servant in a knightly house or to someone who had played the part of a knight in a pageant or won the title in some contest of skill.2 Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the rider or knight’. See also McKnight .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Alfred James Knight in household of Alfred Henry Knight, "England and Wales Census, 1911"

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